Deluge

Dubai's back to its normal blue skies and sunshine today after 48 hours of generally awful weather with lots of rain.


After being on holiday in India the week before last, I had foolishly promised that I'd never complain about driving standards in Dubai again. That promise, however, is quickly going to be broken.


Quite what gets into Dubai drivers' heads here when it rains is utterly beyond me. When it's wet in Dubai, it's very hard to see land and street markings, the roads get quickly filled with what seem to be know locally as 'water ponds' (as opposed to, say, ponds of mustard) and the road surface gets very slippy indeed.


Despite this, taxi drivers seem to think the the Toyota Camry is able to be driven faster than in dry conditions. Drivers of large SUVs with tinted windows appear to believe that the Range Rover and Land Cruiser are immune to water-induced skidding as they accelerate around blind corners into deep water.


The rank stupidity on display is utterly astounding. People die, pointlessly, every year when it rains. The whole twice-yearly debacle infuriates me.


Still, hopefully this bad patch is behind us - behind us until it rains again in February, as it does every year, taking people by surprise, as it does every year.


The one positive side of all this was driving past a semi-submerged BMW 7 series that had foolishly attempted to drive through a particularly large water pond. Range Rover air suspension up to wading setting and we ploughed past - slowly and sensibly I may add - with no issues at all through the two foot deep lake that had formed on a main exit. That was fun. We also enjoyed driving through mud, sand and mustard ponds after dropping a friend off in an area where someone had forgotten to build a road. Rangie was in his element - luxury offroading at its best. I was keen on playing around in the area for a while, but Mrs Saul instructed an immediate return to base.


Hmm... Maybe the next deluge could actually be quite fun?

Comments:

True :) but I still miss the rain :D

Posted by angelistiic on December 14, 2009 at 02:29 AM GST #

I lived in Geneva, Switzerland for many years and rainfall there caused strange driving behaviour. The speed limit on autoroutes is 120 km/h and in towns 50 km/h. The Swiss are very disciplined and rarely exceeded these limits.In rain however, drivers on the autoroute very sensibly slowed to around 100 km/h, whilst in town, where possible drivers began to drive at around 70-80 km/h.

Posted by Gary Ward on December 14, 2009 at 06:58 AM GST #

I think its universal, any time it rains/snows a portion of the population turn into complete idiots and drive too damm fast usually faster than in normal conditions. The same thing happens in California, or Wisconsin, Canada and India...

Posted by James Dickens on December 14, 2009 at 01:21 PM GST #

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